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piñata Syllabification: pi·ña·ta
Pronunciation: /pēnˈyädə/

Definition of piñata in English:


chiefly North American
(Especially in Spanish-speaking communities) a decorated figure of an animal containing toys and candy that is suspended from a height and broken open by blindfolded children as part of a celebration.
Example sentences
  • The messiest of the activities on offer was the creation of piñatas using papier-mache and brightly coloured paint.
  • Top University of Arizona administrators and astronomers celebrated this legislative end run by throwing a party, the centerpiece of which was a papier-mâché piñata in the shape of a Mount Graham red squirrel.
  • We went to a party with 2 amazing grind core bands, Dread Knox and Cowboy Killas, a bar with $200 of free liquor, 4 kegs and a piñata stuffed with candy and condoms.


Mid 19th century: Spanish, literally 'pot'.

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